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Taste Me by Tamara Logan

March 28th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com:

TASTE ME is the first book in a gritty, fast-paced, and sexy urban fantasy romance series featuring a world where incubi, sirens, valkyries, vampires, and werewolves live undetected alongside humankind. Someone has to keep the peace-and the secrets.

Siren rock star Scarlett Fontaine is finally home after an exhausting year on tour with her band. Incubus security guru Lukas Sebastiani has more urgent problems than protecting the stubborn diva, but now that they’re forced into close proximity, they’re fighting an attraction that leads them to the brink of disaster…

First off I have to say I really hate the cover.  I was hoping the final one would be better but it looks like they kept the same one as the ARC.  I assume that is supposed to be Lukas on the cover but geez, could the guy look any more spacey?  Hello?  Anybody home?  Supposedly the woman you lusting over is standing right in front of you.  And ummm…that monstrous nipple on his chest?  Ewww.  Finally that tattoo on her back just bothered me.  But let’s get on to the story.

I actually enjoyed this story a lot more than I expected because admittedly covers do have an affect on my first impressions so I was a little leery going in.  The story moves at a pretty quick pace and while you know from the start who the bad guy is you are kept guessing as to who his is going to go after next and who will survive his attacks.  One problem with the bad guy is I wish there was more explanation into the whys of what he did.  It seemed like he had some sort of addiction but I wasn’t clear was this something new?  Has he killed before while on tour with Scarlett’s band.  It was kind of confusing over what exactly turned him onto the particular victims.

As for the main characters I actually did not care much for Scarlett or Lukas.  Scarlett turned me off because apparently she was scarred for years after having mind blowing sex with Lukas and then having him walk out on her.  So she goes on this whirlwind tour, loses all this weight and pretty much cannot really function for years afterwards.  Really?  Is this a character I’m supposed to admire?  Lukas was your stereotypical over protective, brooding male but I found the fact that because he left a couple bruises on Scarlett and felt the need to cast himself in this horrible light as a brute a bit over done.

I know after all that you may be wondering why I rated it at 3.5 stars rather than something lower.  The main reason was I loved the supporting cast of characters and the society that was sketched out containing succubi, inccubi, vampires, werewolves, sirens, etc.  Apparently all of these different species came to Earth when their space ship crash landed long ago and they made a new home for themselves here on Earth.  One of Lukas’s assistants, Bailey, is only the third human ever to be told about their existence and as a spunky computer hacker with an attitude she was a breath of fresh air in comparison to Scarlett’s neediness.  I also really enjoyed the glimpses we get of Lukas’s siblings and the council made up of representatives of each species(including Carl Sagan as the human representative before his death!).  So I have hope that the future books are going to have some great story lines.  Hopefully the supporting females in this book will retain their spunkiness and the heroes will have a little more depth to them.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance

3 Responses

  1. Melanie

    Enjoyed reading your review.

  2. drey

    Great review, Debbie–your comment on the cover was spot-on. I felt the same but didn’t include it in my review as I don’t usually mention covers. Maybe I should have?

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Thanks Melanie!
    Drey-I normally don’t include covers but this one was just so bad! lol.

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